Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Summer Bonito (Hatsugatsuo)
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper; signed Kiyonobu hitsu with artist's seal Torii, with tomobako signed Kiyonobu hitsu with artist's seal Torii, and titled Natsu kubi (summer-head)
painting 14 1/8 by 18 1/4 in., 36 by 46.4 cm
overall 47 1/4 by 25 3/4 in., 120.5 by 65.5 cm.
Bonito fish have two season in Japan- the arrival of hatsugatsuo or shogatsu (lit. first bonito) at the fish market in signals the beginning of summer when they are caught traveling from south to north. In the autumn they are known as modori gatsuo (lit. returned bonito), as they return from the north and migrate south for warmer waters during the winter months.
Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only
Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm for no more than two individuals at a time.
In order to adhere to New York State guidelines visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
site last updated
February 26, 2021
Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
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